Confirmed lineups: Real Madrid – Athletic Bilbao

Confirmed lineups: Real Madrid – Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao preview

Mateo Kovacic and Danilo will start for Real Madrid as Los Blancos face Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga.

The Croatia international will replace Isco, who will rotate ahead of the important Champions League match against Roma on Wednesday.

With Gareth Bale still on the sidelines, James Rodriguez will start again, so the midfield line will be formed by Kovacic, Kroos, Modric and James.

In defence, Marcelo’s injury has forced Zidane to include Danilo in the lineup. He will feature alongside Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Daniel Carvajal.

This will be Real Madrid‘s starting eleven: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Danilo; James Rodriguez, Modric, Kroos, Kovacic; Benzema, Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, Athletic had the important loss of Inaki Williams, who is suspended for this game. Ernesto Valverde has chosen Eraso to replace the forward.

This will be Athletic’s starting eleven: Iraizoz; De Marcos, Etxeita, Laporte, Balenziaga; Benat, Iturraspe; Lekue, Eraso, Sabin Merino; Aduriz.